Gov’t Vows to Prosecute Rioters in Red Light Attack

first_imgJustice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh has vowed to prosecute those involved in last Thursday’s Red Light conflict, including any officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP) who acted unprofessionally.He announced that motorbike riders on the streets of Monrovia in particular, ELWA junction to Paynesville Red Light and Paynesville Red Light to Double Bridge and Paynesville Red Light to Mount Barclay are suspended effective last Friday.“LNP is hereby instructed to impound any motorbike found plying the streets from this date, and to have the rider arrested, detained and charged,” Minister Sannoh added.According to him, this will enable the government to secure a corridor of peace and tranquility in the affected areas, investigate the circumstances that led to the disturbance and take appropriate actions.He called on residents and citizens in the areas affected to cooperate with the government in having this incident investigated.At a news conference in Monrovia on Friday, Cllr. Sannoh explained that upon the death news of a bike rider, the riders went on a rampage during which they vandalized and destroyed 5 police depots, released all the detainees and set the stations ablaze.According to Minister Sannoh private and police vehicles were damaged and a number of police officers, including female officers were attacked, stripped naked and seriously injured.Minister Sannoh warned that motorbike riders will not be allowed to hold Liberia under hostage nor will the peace and stability of the country “be left to their whims and caprices or to the whims and caprice of their supporters as experienced on Thursday.“This incident caused panic, fear and disruption of normal activities in the Paynesville area and its environs and the government will not allow this despicable act to go unpunished,” he warned.Minister Sannoh further explained that before the Red Light episode, an AFL soldier assaulted and killed a bike rider in Thinkers Village community and the soldier has been arrested and detained.According to him, the Minister of Defence and the AFL Chief will soon make a determination as to whether the soldier will be tried by the AFL under the Uniform Code of Military Justice   (UCMJ) or will be disrobed and turned over to the Justice Ministry for prosecution.The Justice Minister warned, “The government will not condone impunity and we want to assure the general public that the AFL soldier will be tried and punished in accordance with the law.”Minister Sannoh said another death also occurred on Friday morning when a commercial truck ran into a motorbike rider resulting into injuries from which the rider subsequently died. The truck driver, he said, has been arrested and charged.“We are aware that the use of motorbikes is an economic activity and that it creates jobs for many people, particularly our youths. “The right to use motorbikes does not confer upon bike riders any special privilege to engage in conduct that will undermine the peace and stability of Liberia,” the Justice Minister emphasized.Meanwhile, Minister Sannoh has called on all bike riders to respect the law and submit their grievances to the law and not to take matters into their own hands. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QPR appoint Hughes as new boss

first_imgHughes will be formally unveiled on Wednesday but he told reporters outside Loftus Road he was looking forward to returning to management.“I’m delighted. It’s all happened quite quickly but I’m looking forward to getting to work,” Hughes told Sky Sports. “I’m a football person — it’s what I do, so I’m looking forward to it.”Hughes’ appointment follows a day of negotiations on Monday when the club outlined their plans for the future.“I’m fully aware of the challenge in the short and long term and I am genuinely excited about the ambition of the owners,” Hughes said in a statement.“Now the immediate priority is to consolidate our place in the Premier League, but beyond that, the future is very bright and fills me with great enthusiasm.”QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said Hughes’ experience and ambition had been the key factor in the appointment.“Mark has a proven track record in the Premier League, bringing a wealth of experience at both club and international level,” Fernandes said.“His ambitions match those of the board and we are delighted to have him at the helm.”Warnock has meanwhile warned that Hughes will be unable to affect Rangers’ battle for survival unless the club bolster their squad.“Will a new manager make a difference? Not as much as new players will,” Warnock told The Independent.“If you haven’t got the players, you can’t win games — that’s another fact of life in football management.“I just wish I had the chance to bring in the ones I wanted, both in the summer and this month.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 10 – Mark Hughes was named as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, taking over on a two-and-a-half-year contract following the sacking of Neil Warnock.The 48-year-old returns to the Premier League after quitting as Fulham coach last year after one season in charge following previous spells with Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Wales.Warnock, who had guided QPR to promotion last season following a 15-year absence from the top flight, was fired on Sunday after a disappointing run that saw the club take only two points from eight league games.last_img read more

How deep do housing woes go?

first_imgANALYSIS: Many outfits are not regulated, leading to fears of even larger industry declines. By Marcy Gordon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It’s hard to know how scared to be if you don’t know the size of the threat. No, not terrorism, housing. States license 90,000 or so “nonbank” companies, which include brokerages that lend on behalf of other mortgage companies. Relatively few nonbank lenders, such as Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s largest mortgage lender, are publicly traded and required to disclose financials regularly. For many reasons, including a lack of resources, the activities of nonbank lenders are not scrutinized the way federal regulators oversee insured institutions, such as commercial banks or savings and loans. That means state regulators generally don’t release detailed reports about the lenders’ financials. Other indications of how massive the mortgage lending universe is and how difficult it is for regulators to track include: In addition to the 90,000 licensed nonbank firms, there are some 63,000 branches scattered nationwide, according to the 2006 survey by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The survey also tallied 280,000 loan officers at these companies although 14 states and the District of Columbia don’t license loan officers, so the total number was much higher. The states are Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming, and some of them are moving toward requiring officer licensing. Experts say making forecasts about the length and depth of the housing market slump is possible by tracking changes in interest rates, home sales, foreclosures and other indicators. Yet not having specifics on how many mortgages or nonbank lenders are getting squeezed has potentially damaging ramifications for investors and policy-makers. During the past five years at least, state-licensed lenders made 70 percent of mortgages issued annually – totaling $2.8 trillion in 2006. Of the 8,615 institutions backed by the federal deposit insurance fund, only about 800 had 50 percent or more of assets in mortgages or mortgage-backed securities. Industry behemoths, such as CountryWide and IndyMac Bancorp. Inc., were shoved into the spotlight when Wall Street began to home in on the financial fallout of too many mortgages made to borrowers with subprime or weaker credit in the final years of the real estate boom. There are a host of smaller companies, some specializing in high-risk subprime mortgages, that investors are being made aware of as default and foreclosure rates soar. As home sales exploded the past two decades, thousands of mortgages were bundled and sold to institutional investors. The practice spread credit risk among millions of investors, making homeownership more affordable. But now, no one knows who holds the loans that may be at risk of default and who is liable if they do. State regulators are doing what they can, says Bill Matthews, senior vice president of CSBS. Last fall’s survey was designed to help create a national registry of state-licensed mortgage companies and loan officers. When it launches in January, searches will reveal the record of a company or individual, including enforcement actions against them in different states. While some lenders are harder hit than others, experts say, banks and other firms that stuck with conventional, fixed-rate mortgages – as opposed to subprime loans with “teaser” rates that balloon after a few years – could fare relatively well in coming months. “They do have the credit-crunch problem. They’re as nervous as everybody else” about being able to make loans, said Howard Glaser, an industry consultant who was a senior housing official in the Clinton administration. “But they don’t have the losses.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The U.S. mortgage-lending business is a sprawling, varied enterprise that no one regulator oversees, making it impossible to know how many mortgages or lenders whose deposits aren’t insured by the government are in trouble. Even worse, no public records are available to show who holds the trillions of dollars worth of mortgages that investment banks pooled and sold as securities to investors worldwide. The value of many of those securities plunge as mortgage defaults soar. “You can’t get your arms around the size of the problem. ? I don’t think that anybody knows that number,” said David Jones, president of Denver-based consulting firm DMJ Advisors and a former Federal Reserve economist. About 90,000 nonbank mortgage lenders dotted the landscape last fall, when state regulators conducted their first formal survey. Dozens of bankruptcies and closings in recent months likely have whittled that number, and 25,000 workers lost jobs in August, aggravating worries about the downturn’s effects on the economy. Large numbers of the nonbank companies were based in California (around 4,100) and Florida (12,900), states where the real estate boom was especially heated, and now on the downswing, among those posting the highest number of foreclosures. last_img read more

Returning the favor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIt took months of therapy through First Day’s partner, the Intercommunity Counseling Center in Whittier, for Alcala to rebuild her confidence. At the same time, she received help through First Day’s job skills program. Last August, Alcala, 49, landed a job as a stocker at the Target store at the Whittwood Towne Center. Later, she was promoted to “team leader” in the store’s health and beauty aids section. In October, Alcala moved out of the shelter to her own apartment. That would have been the end of another success story for First Day, which has helped move from homeless to self-sufficiency about 70 percent of the 403 people who have stayed at the facility since it opened in 2001. But for Alcala, First Day remains an important part of her new life. On Saturday, she returned to the shelter, bringing with her 26Target employees and their families and friends to paint and spruce up the dormitories where Alcala spent 11 months putting her life back on track. “I know from my own experience that people come here with nothing and have so many needs,” she said. “This is my way to show the residents that the community believes in them.” Target provided the supplies for the beautification project, which involved painting the cubicles where the shelter’s 45 homeless men and women live and putting up privacy curtains, as well as new tablecloths for the shelter’s dining room. Alcala slept in one of the cubicles after arriving at the shelter in November 2004. “I’ve come a long way from where I was at then – like a lost angel without wings,” said Alcala. “Now I have those wings back and I am capable of helping others. This is only the beginning.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 8/12: Paint on Target WHITTIER – Thirteen years of being abused by the man had she lived with, followed by four months of living in a park left Maria Alcala feeling depressed, isolated and just plain angry at the world. Sparse of belongings, she arrived loaded down by emotional baggage at the Whittier Area First Day Coalition’s long-term transitional homeless shelter two years ago, recalled Ted Knoll, its executive director. “She was extremely depressed and down and out, dealing with grief and loss issues,” Knoll said. last_img read more

BALLYSHANNON MAN WHO ‘BEAT BABY’ AND ATTACKED GIRLFRIEND IS RELEASED ON BAIL

first_imgA man was accused of nearly beating his two-month-old baby “into a pulp” by a District Court Judge.The 26-year-old man also kicked his girlfriend six times during the incident at their home in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. The father had been remanded in custody for six days from Ballyshannon court and reappeared at Sligo court before Judge Kevin Kilrane.Judge Kilrane recalled earlier evidence that the man had briefly held his son in the row.He said the accused was more concerned during his first court appearance with his girlfriend and her father creating difficulties for him seeing his baby — the son “that you nearly beat into a pulp”.The father told the court “it was a horrible thing to do”. He admitted that “the last week in custody was horrible”.Judge Kilrane released him from custody and remanded him on bail for a probation report to Ballyshannon court on April 15 next.He said that the accused, who admitted assault causing harm, could be ordered to do 200 hours community service in lieu of a four-month jail sentence.His girlfriend ended their relationship after the assault. She told the court that at one stage her boyfriend was standing at the top of the stairs with their baby son in his arms.“I was trying to take the baby off him.”She added that since the attack she could not hold their son properly for several weeks afterwards because of the manner in which the accused had thrown her across the room.BALLYSHANNON MAN WHO ‘BEAT BABY’ AND ATTACKED GIRLFRIEND IS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: February 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Could Aduriz cap a stunning season with a Euro 2016 fairytale?

first_imgThe strike, a clear contender for goal of the season, summed up the Aritz Aduriz of 2015-16. With 26 goals and counting in all competitions he has already equalled his career personal best and will certainly go on to better it. Seven of them were scored in Europe, five against the European champions. Putting four past FC Barcelona in one tie back in August almost single-handedly won Athletic their first trophy since 1984.It’s not just the San Sebastian native’s end product that’s impressive, but his overall game. Without the ball he is both a hard worker and an intelligent mover, equally comfortable dropping deep to contribute to the team’s build-up as he is running off the shoulder to drag defenders out of position. Intelligent and capable of anticipating events before those around him, his link-up play is excellent: when combined with his unrivalled ability in the air, that means bringing teammates into the game and helping Athletic to beat lines of pressure. On top of all that, he has an eye for goal.  In other words, Aduriz is the perfect number nine, and he’s in the form of his life.He also happens to be 35. While that makes the forward’s feats even more astonishing, it creates a problem for him, too. A European Championship is drawing nearer, yet we could quite easily watch it unfold without the presence of one of the continent’s best strikers. Despite Spain’s continued struggles to find consistent replacements for Fernando Torres and David Villa, Vicente del Bosque has resisted the temptation to make use of Aduriz, insisting he has “other ideas about what the national team needs to be”.Translated, that means he thinks the Athletic man is too old. Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Morata, both regular participants in Euro 2016 qualifying, are in their mid 20s. Even Diego Costa is still 27. Del Bosque knows that his time as Spain coach is drawing to an end, and wants to leave a legacy in place for his successor in the form of a core squad that can continue to improve in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup. That means youth, not veterans.Del Bosque’s steady, careful hands are appreciated, but it’s also worth remembering that in the more immediate future Spain have a trophy to play for this summer. It is only logical to use the best available players when attempting to defend your European crown, and Aduriz is clearly one of them. While Alcacer and Morata will struggle to manage more than 15 goals this season, the Basque is heading for the 30 mark. While Costa continues to jar with the way the Spanish national team play, Aduriz has excelled in an Athletic team that likes to contest possession under Ernesto Valverde. As the saying goes, if the cap fits…The player, for his part, is desperate to go to France, and both his performances and words offer a pretty convincing counter-argument to the age issue. “Age is a number and we’re all different”, he told El Pais earlier this season. “We all have different physical and mental qualities, and everyone develops in their own way, so you can’t put everyone in their 30s in the same boat just as you can’t with everyone who is in their 20s”.Perhaps Del Bosque has been caught off guard with the unique way that Aduriz has developed. Few if any observers predicted that he would turn out to be this good. In contrast to the usual trajectory of a footballer, he is infinitely better now than he was around six years ago, at the supposed peak age for a striker. At Valencia he scored Champions League goals and played at a high level, but his overall game was nowhere near that of the last two or three seasons. The last time he was called up for Spain duty was in October 2010, while he was still at the Mestalla. Any observations his national coach may have made from that time would provide an unfair representation of the level of footballer he is now.Only with another call-up and more minutes in the red shirt can Del Bosque really judge whether Aduriz is good enough to go to France in June. Tentatively, there are small suggestions that a trial may finally occur with Spain’s friendlies against Romania and Italy in March. The Marquis has stuck to his guns until now, but there would be no shame in backing down in this instance. Regardless of his age, Aduriz is a special player, just as Marseille found out last week, and could yet find out again this Thursday. Olympique de Marseille won’t forget the name Aritz Aduriz any time soon. For almost an hour in their Europa League Round of 32 game with Athletic Club, Michel’s side worked hard, managing to keep things tight and keep the tie under control. Until their most dangerous opponent popped up and did something astonishing.In the 54th minute, Athletic keeper Iago Herrerín hit a long punt out from the back, likely anticipating that Aduriz would pluck it out of the air to initiate an attack as he so often does. Instead, Sabin Merino, running ahead of the striker, headed the pass backwards towards his teammate.Aduriz made up his mind quickly: never taking his eye off the ball, he struck it before it hit the ground, sending an unstoppable 35 metre shot with both power and dip over Steve Mandanda and into the Marseille net. Michelle’s work was undone in an instant, Athletic took a grip on the tie.last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Donegal’s Hugh McFadden and Jamie Brennan

first_imgDonegal have booked their place in this year’s Ulster final against Fermanagh following a comprehensive defeat of Down in the semi-final on Sunday in Clones.Killybegs and Donegal midfielder Hugh McFadden gave his reaction to the game to Ocean FM’s Pauric Byrne…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Hugh-McFadden-Post-Down-Semi-Final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan spoke with Pauric Hilferty…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Jamie-Brennan-Post-Down-S-Final-Win.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition… Make The Event Count!

first_imgThere is little doubt you’re already thinking about what clothes to pack for the forecasted weather in Atlanta, as you prepare to attend the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition next week.  As important as it is to know how to pack appropriately, you should also take some time to identify objectives and establish a strategy to get the most out of your time. If you haven’t attended before, all it takes is a quick perusal of the concurrent session listing on the website to realize just how big of an event this is and how easy it is to become overwhelmed.  If you’ve attended before, you know this is an event-packed few days filled to the brim with possibility.  Regardless of your experience level, it doesn’t have to be intimidating.  Simply follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a rewarding, energizing and educational experience: Set objectives.  Why did you decide to attend in the first place?  Ask yourself this question:  “I would view my attendance at the event as a complete success, if I walked away with the following:” This exercise yields your list of your objectives.  Business Cards. Don’t forget to grab a stack and give them out!  When you get a card, jot down on the card something about that person, their interest, and/or a reason to contact them after the event.  Familiarize Yourself With the Layout of the Venue.  Because the event is extremely impressive in the overall size of the venue required to host the conference and exposition, it is worth taking the time to create a game plan to ensure you don’t complete a mini-marathon between sessions.  Try to map out your days.  If you don’t, at least wear comfortable shoes! Exhibit Hall. It’s easy to get consumed with collecting all of the swag the exhibitors give out at the event.  Be sure that you also select a small handful of exhibitors that help to satisfy one or more of your objectives. (Another tip:  Box up that swag and send it home, so you don’t have to lug it on the plane!) Participate in Sessions. Engage yourself in sessions by asking questions and responding to the presenter(s); otherwise you risk day dreaming or (worse yet) start snoozing in the afternoon shortly after you consume your tasty box lunch. Make a Move.  Pick a primary and then secondary choice for each concurrent session time slot. If, after 10 minutes of a session your first choice isn’t panning out and maintaining your interest, slip out and into the second session.  If you don’t have a second choice of interest, stop by the Exhibit Hall and spend some quality time with a vendor that you wanted to get to know better.  The crowds are considerably smaller. Socialize.  The value is in getting to know people at this event. Whether you meet those that can assist you in solving your own challenges, someone you can offer your support or expertise to help, or just a peer that you can relate to, it is essential that you meet as many people as possible.  You’ll never be in the presence of so many people at one time and in one place that have so much in common.  Ditch the Co-Workers.  I’m being sarcastic, but there is some truth to my comment. The best way to socialize (see #7 above) is to make yourself open to the possibility of meeting people.  Don’t create a barrier by getting too comfortable with others you came to the event with.  Take it Home With You.  If your company paid for your trip, be sure to bring home a compelling story about the value you gained from the experience and consider sharing that value with your department and peers. Appearance. I started this post by talking about packing your clothes.  Let me offer a word of advice on this topic.  Don’t show up in ratty t-shirts and shorts.  While you don’t have to be dressed to the nines, first impressions still matter.  Business casual is the way to go.  I’ll be in Atlanta starting Saturday and would love to meet. Feel free to connect with me at @Irene_Hahn on Twitter or reach out to me on LinkedIn.last_img read more

LPM Excellence Program Recognizes Chief William Gross for Partnerships

first_imgThe LPM team is privileged to have a front-row seat as observers of the loss prevention industry. One aspect of our role is to find ways to celebrate the positive contributions of the loss prevention and asset protection community. As a result, we are proud to launch the LPM Excellence recognition initiative. Rather than a once-a-year recognition program, we decided to establish a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others who demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession. Chief William Gross is among our inaugural recipients.Excellence in PartnershipsWilliam Gross, Superintendent-in-Chief, Boston Police DepartmentChief Gross has dedicated his life working to create a winning culture and a strong, positive relationship between the community and the police department. Working closely with his department, he has championed several programs to help bridge these gaps and help build a positive impression of the police and what they do. As a dedicated advocate of our partnership, he frequently touts the power of cooperation between the retail community and the police department, and the different ways that all of us can get involved and make a difference when we work together. We need both innovation and cooperation to help us move forward, and the programs in Boston are a clear example of the power of partnership.- Sponsor – LPM Excellence Nominations Are EncouragedWe want this to be your program. You witness these exceptional performances at all levels of the organization on a regular basis. We ask you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions that all too often go unrecognized in the greater loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence (at) LPportal (dot) com.Find out who else has been recognized in the January-February 2017 issue – check out “Recognizing the Best in Loss Prevention.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Industry Innovation Continues (Protos Security)

first_imgThe Protos Vendor Portal – the newest addition to the Protos management ecosystemIn this day and age, it takes real change and thoughtful disruptive innovation to lead an industry forward. We’ve seen it with Apple and Tesla, and in the loss prevention industry, we’ve seen it with Protos Security.Over the last eleven years, Protos Security has revolutionized security guard management, saving retail companies of all sizes from the traditional headache of manual processes, continuous audits, and lots of last-minute scrambling. Its end-to-end security guard management ecosystem drives measurable direct and indirect cost savings for clients all across North America.Kris Vece“The Protos team lives and breathes innovation. We understand how technology can empower companies and benefit their bottom lines,” said Kris Vece, LPQ, director of client relations for Protos. “Even before I joined Protos in 2015, I watched what they were doing and decided I wanted to be a part of it. The last two years have easily been some of the most exciting in my career. The Protos team has created a cutting-edge, cloud-based management platform, increased transparency, and enforced a ‘no punch, no pay’ policy to ensure accounting accuracy for LP professionals tired of finding overpayments and having to manage the invoice reconciliation process.”- Sponsor – Owner and cofounder Patrick Henderson said, “Our system uses a variety of techniques that have been successfully deployed in supply chain, logistics, and other service industries. We reworked the tools and operating models to fit a loss prevention scenario. We help connect the dots and benchmark performance, so everyone knows what they are getting and can quickly and easily change behavior as needed to get the results they seek.”“After all, you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Vece added.How Do You Manage Guards Who Aren’t on Your Payroll?“Despite the technology’s reputation for success, when we meet with prospective new clients, we still get asked, ‘How do you manage guards that aren’t on your payroll?’” Chris Copenhaver, Protos owner and cofounder said. “And people are always so surprised when we explain our tools, technology, and methods. They’re always like, ‘Wow, why didn’t someone think of this sooner?’”Using technology to operate a series of clear, easy-to-read user interfaces that can be accessed from desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, Protos Security helps clients, vendors, and their own quality-assurance specialists to communicate and manage security guard performance.The Protos team built their system from the ground up, and, in the process, created a methodology and culture that supports consistent and measurable program success. From introducing instantaneous and fully customizable alert notifications to vendor KPI dashboards, Protos has rewritten the rules on what it takes to run a modern LP shop.Unlike its competitors, Protos does not sell technology as an add-on service or up-sell solution. Its high-tech tools are “baked in.” At its core, Protos is a technology company that is working to solve loss prevention industry challenges, the same way Apple taught the world to “think different.” Many of Protos’s offerings are revolutionary, saving clients countless hours and measurable budget percentages immediately upon rollout, but many of its advancements are just the obvious next steps in a world dominated by automation, big data, and higher management expectations.“To us, it didn’t seem revolutionary for clients to be notified when an officer was late or to relay important incident details near real time,” Copenhaver said. “In today’s day and age, it was a question of simple automation, and it seemed inevitable. So that’s what we set out to do. We just wanted to make program transparency a reality. It was already an expectation in other industries, and we wanted to see the loss prevention world catch up.”What More Can Be Done?While Protos has been offering performance-benchmarking tools to clients for many years, first for internalThe Protos Vendor Portal – the newest addition to the Protos management ecosystemmonitoring and then for client transparency and reporting, it hasn’t stopped moving things forward. For example, by the end of the year, it will release a vendor portal that allows independent guard vendors to see the performance trends on each of their Protos assignments.This access will allow guard vendors to compare their delivery to industry standards and benchmarks and manage to customer expectations in real time. This access empowers them to deliver quick and necessary course-correcting actions before it hurts their companies’ reputations.Protos, of course, is always monitoring these performance trends and filling client assignments with vendors who are engaged and responsive and provide consistently high-quality service.“There is real incentive for guard vendors to be a part of the Protos Approved Guard Network,” Copenhaver said. “We’ve proven that a good vendor can grow their business faster with us than they could on their own.”No Punch, No Pay“We’ve always had a ‘no punch, no pay’ policy, and that has served us well, but now we’re focused on what’s next. What else can we do?” Henderson said. “The hope is to get each individual guard vendor management team more involved and more active in addressing any quality issues.”Protos has led the industry in technology innovation, guard vendor engagement, and client service since it pounced on the scene in 2006. The company claims to save clients’ money and pay their vendors much faster than industry average. Their stunning growth continues to prove they are doing something right.The Bottom LineProtos has earned an exceptional reputation for having security officers successfully engage with a common timekeeping and integrated invoicing system. Its reporting procedures have cleaned up LP budgets industry-wide and increased situational awareness from coast to coast.“I no longer must call stores to ask if an officer is on-site. I can check in to see if a guard is on-site from my cell phone. I also get real-time incident reports from Protos,” customer Eric Williams, loss prevention manager at the City Gear store support center said. “When it comes to billing, Protos gave me at least two days a month back.”“There was a lot of concern around how to seamlessly transition to another guard company. We were expecting bumps in the road during the first couple of months of the transition and were pleasantly surprised that we received nothing but positive feedback,” said Andrea Quinn, Staples senior manager of global loss prevention. “Protos has made every aspect of managing guard service so much easier, and we could not be happier with our decision to transition to Protos six months ago.”So from coast to coast, customers are already happy, but if the leadership team at Protos Security has their way, this is really just the beginning. “Stay tuned; there is no way we are done innovating,” Vece said. “I am personally excited for what comes next. Hold on tight; the ride’s not over yet.”For more information on Protos Security, visit their website at protossecurity.com.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more